One out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 6 points (0.0%) at 17,123 as of Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,692 issues advancing vs. 1,244 declining with 156 unchanged.

The Financial sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Blackstone Group ( BX), up 1.7%, Invesco ( IVZ), up 1.3%, Aegon ( AEG), up 1.2%, Ameriprise Financial ( AMP), up 1.1% and HCP ( HCP), up 1.0%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Banco Santander Brasil SA/Brazil ( BSBR), down 2.3%, Nomura Holdings ( NMR), down 1.4%, Aon ( AON), down 1.0%, CME Group ( CME), down 0.7% and Marsh & McLennan Companies ( MMC), down 0.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. HDFC Bank ( HDB) is one of the companies pushing the Financial sector higher today. As of noon trading, HDFC Bank is up $0.83 (1.4%) to $59.43 on light volume. Thus far, 191,009 shares of HDFC Bank exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 765,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $59.24-$59.76 after having opened the day at $59.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.60.

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HDFC Bank Limited provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in India, Bahrain, Hong Kong, and Dubai. The company operates in Treasury, Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, and Other Banking Business segments. HDFC Bank has a market cap of $50.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value. Get the full HDFC Bank Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Extra Space Storage ( EXR) is up $1.32 (1.5%) to $88.98 on average volume. Thus far, 412,530 shares of Extra Space Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 883,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.80-$89.89 after having opened the day at $89.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.66.

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Extra Space Storage, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT) in the United States. It engages in property management and development activities that include acquiring, managing, developing, and selling, as well as the rental of self-storage facilities. Extra Space Storage has a market cap of $10.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 49.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Extra Space Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Extra Space Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Extra Space Storage Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) is up $0.60 (0.9%) to $65.00 on light volume. Thus far, 5.1 million shares of JPMorgan Chase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $64.93-$65.56 after having opened the day at $65.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.40.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a financial services firm. The company operates through four segments: Consumer and Community Banking, Corporate and Investment Bank, Commercial Banking, and Asset Management. JPMorgan Chase has a market cap of $244.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts who rate JPMorgan Chase a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates JPMorgan Chase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full JPMorgan Chase Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).